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Brendan Rodgers coy on cut-off deadline for Man Utd to secure Harry Maguire

By Ben Green

Published: 14:48, 28 July 2019

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to commit to a cut-off deadline for Manchester United to sign Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils have been pursuing the England international throughout the summer but are yet to match the Foxes’ £80m valuation.

Could Man Utd sign Maguire? Five things to know…

  • Man Utd are desperate to secure at least one central defender this summer.
  • Maguire was heavily linked last year and speculation has resurfaced this time round.
  • Both Manchester clubs are believed to have had bids rejected, with Leicester holding out for around £80m.
  • Rodgers suggested earlier this month that business would have to be done early so Leicester could find an adequate successor.
  • However, the ex-Celtic manager has now revealed he hasn’t “really thought about” a cut-off point.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to follow up on Man Utd’s interest from last summer and prise the towering defender away from the King Power Stadium.

Rodgers has already intimated that business would have to be done sooner rather than later to allow his side the requisite time to recruit a replacement, but he has now refused to be drawn into specific cut-off dates.

“I haven’t really thought about that,” said Rodgers after his side’s 2-1 pre-season win over Stoke City.

“We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it’s just a case of everyone staying in focused.”

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“We’re all pretty relaxed”

Rodgers revealed earlier this month that the club are “relaxed” over the Maguire situation, and he has now reiterated that stance, praising his defender in the process for keeping his head down and concentrating on pre-season.

“He’s been brilliant since the first day of pre-season,” he added. “There’s a lot of speculation around Harry but he’s just got on with it. Like I’ve always said, we’re all pretty relaxed with it.

“We’re looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry’s a part of that. He was excellent today, he’s working very hard.

“There’s no discussion. I know you guys are looking for updates but there’s no change from the other night.”

Quizzed about what would happen if an acceptable bid came through, Rodgers replied: “It’s all about ifs, but we haven’t had that.”

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